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Puerto Rico had urged the First Circuit in June to roll back Wal-Mart's lawsuit against the tax, arguing that the retail giant's claims of financial hardship were overblown, speculative and without standing. (Credit: AP)

1st Circ. Sides With Wal-Mart In Puerto Rico Tax Fight

The First Circuit on Wednesday handed a win to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in its fight against an amended Puerto Rico tax law that allegedly affects only the megaretailer, agreeing with a district court that the tax is clearly “discriminatory” and affirming a permanent injunction on its enforcement.

  • Fairchild Still On The Hook For $140M Award, Judge Says

    A California federal court on Wednesday shut down a bid for a new trial and let stand a $140 million jury award against Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, saying the company didn't even try to show how Power Integrations Inc.’s evidence was either unreliable or insufficient.

  • Michelin, Takata Win $80M Rollover Crash Suit In Fla. Trial

    A Florida jury on Wednesday afternoon cleared Michelin and Takata in an $80 million suit that alleged a defective tire and seat belt caused catastrophic injuries in a 2009 rollover crash of a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

  • 2nd. Circ. Affirms BlackBerry Win But Gives Investors Hope

    The Second Circuit affirmed on Wednesday that BlackBerry Ltd. and its executives had beaten a suit claiming they hid the bleak outlook for the company's Z10 device, but ordered a Manhattan federal judge to reconsider the investors' bid to refile with new evidence.

  • Backpay Formula For Axed Workers Revised By NLRB

    The National Labor Relations Board voted 3-1 on Wednesday to revise its backpay formula for compensating workers found to have been unlawfully terminated, ordering a division of supermarket giant Kroger Co. to pay for a former employee’s interim-employment and search-for-work expenses.

  • Cruise Ship Trumpeter Must Arbitrate Claims, 11th Circ. Says

    A seaman who worked in international waters on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship must bring his employment dispute through international arbitration even though he is a U.S. citizen and the ship is based in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • Agencies Issue Final Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Rule

    The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday issued a final rule and related guidance implementing the contentious Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which has drawn significant criticism from federal contractors.

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Exxon Global Warming Fight Opens New Frontier For Corporate Speech

By Ed Beeson

The oil giant’s use of the First Amendment in a bid to block government investigations into its statements about climate change is pushing the concept of corporate free speech into new territory.